Saudi mulls new law to govern news websites

New committee to hold talks on licensing electronic press, fines for violations

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Saudi mulls new law to govern news websites New committee to hold talks on licensing electronic press, fines for violations.
By  Andy Sambidge Published  August 26, 2009

Saudi authorities are to consider putting in place new regulations to govern internet news websites, it was reported on Thursday.

The new law would make them accountable to a single body in the same way as the kingdom’s press is answerable to the Ministry of Culture and Information.

A committee of representatives from the ministries of Interior and Culture and Information, the Communications and Information Technology Commission, and the King Abdul Aziz University for Science and Technology will discuss the proposal at its first meeting, Saudi Gazette reported.

The talks, it said, would centre on licensing the electronic press, appointment conditions for editors-in-chief, granting permits to journalists, and invitations to cover news events.

Undersecretary for Internal Media, Abdul Rahman Al-Hazza’, said the authority for electronic press would also have in place a list of infringements and penalties for publication violations.

2977 days ago
sergei kuk

So, Saudi Arabia thinks it can stop the tide coming in does it ?. It has no chance in of stopping internet news websites putting up stories that it doesnt want the World to see. Yes it may be able to control some Saudi based sites but what about the others and what about Blogs ?

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